University of Calgary

Kelly Dean Schwartz

  • Associate Professor


Dr. Kelly Dean Schwartz is Associate Professor in the School and Applied Child Psychology program and Director, U of C Applied Psychological and Educational Services (U-CAPES), an on-campus clinic serving children and families Calgary and area. He has a Ph.D. in Social Psychology and an MSc in Educational Psychology from the University of Calgary. As a registered psychologist (1993), he began his career with a Calgary school board and worked extensively with children and adolescents who had severe learning and/or social/emotional needs. Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Schwartz was on faculty at Ambrose University College for over 12 years where he served as Program Head of Behavioural Science.

Research & Scholarly Activity

Dr. Schwartz is active in the fields of child and adolescent development, family and parent-child relationships, and international child development. He has held several national and international grants for his research in positive youth development and psychology of family, and he regularly serves as a reviewer for several notable academic journals. His work has been published articles and chapters in numerous academic and common publications, and he has presented symposia and invited lectures at over 40 national and international conferences.

Current Projects:

  • Positive Youth Development: Exploring the Presence and Power of Youth Developmental Strengths in South Africa; URGC Seed Grant
  • Parenting Styles in Clinical and Non-Clinical Child and Adolescent Populations; Self-funded
  • Cyberbullying: Moderating Impacts of Developmental Assets on Negative Outcomes; Self-funded


PhD (Social Psychology)
University of Calgary

MSc (Educational Psychology)
University of Calgary

BA (Hons)
University of Manitoba

Professional & Community Affiliations

Dr. Schwartz is a Research Fellow with the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada (Ottawa) and a Scientific Advisor for Search Institute’s (Minneapolis, MN) Center for Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence. He Since 2007, he has served as a member of the College of Alberta Psychologists Hearing Tribunal/Complaint Review Committee, as member and chair of ministry-appointed Alberta Education tribunals, and as a director on several local and international non-profit boards. At present, he is Chair of the Board of Directors for HopeShares Canada, a nonprofit registered Canadian charity that operates a community development agency in Bhekulwandle, South Africa, serving children and families in the areas of literacy, health, education, leadership, and spiritual development.


Piitz, J., & Schwartz, K. D. (2012). Investigating protective factors for victims of cyber aggression. Journal of Youth and Adolescence. Manuscript under review.

Schwartz, K. D., & King, P. E. (2012). City-sized faith: Predicting thriving and risk outcomes in urban and nonurban youth, Journal of Psychology and Christianity. Manuscript under review.

Schwartz, K. D., Bremner, D., & Beyers, W. (July, 2012). Positive youth development: Exploring developmental strengths in three countries. Poster presented at the 22nd Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development, Edmonton, AB.

Piitz, J. A., & Schwartz, K. D. (June, 2012). Investigating the protective nature of perceived social support and life satisfaction for victims of cyber-bullying. Poster presented at the 74th Annual Convention of the Canadian Psychological Association, Halifax, NS.

Schwartz, K.D., & King, P.E. (March, 2012). Where the streets have a name: Urban youth and developmental assets. Paper presented at the Society for Research on Adolescent Development Biennial Conference, Vancouver, BC.

Photograph of Kelly Dean Schwartz
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